Kidney Stone Treatment in Charleston, SC
The physicians at Lowcountry Urology Clinics of Charleston SC have years of experience in the causes, symptoms and treatment of kidney stones. Here are answers to a few commonly asked questions about kidney stones.
What is a kidney stone?
A kidney stone forms in your kidney when you have an imbalance in the molecular components (like calcium, oxalate and phosphate) and their concentrations in your urine. If overpopulated these molecules join together to form crystals, grow, and eventually result in kidney stones of varying sizes. The most common types of kidney stone form from a combination of calcium and oxalate. But these “calcium” stones are usually unrelated to the amount of calcium in your diet. In addition to excess amounts of the molecular components, kidney stones could be caused by a lack of stone inhibitors which are normally present in urine.
Do kidney stones cause symptoms?
YES! Ask anyone who has had a kidney stone and they will likely tell you a tale of agony. Extreme pain is often the first sign of a kidney stone. Pain either appears suddenly, or builds in intensity gradually over time. The pain localizes to the back (or flank), lower abdomen, or groin. It typically comes and goes intermittently (colic). Sometimes you can see blood in the urine. You might feel nauseated and vomit.
Sometimes, kidney stones do not produce any symptoms. But smaller kidney stones that don’t cause severe symptoms may still trigger a dull ache, which you might mistake for muscle or intestinal pain.
Kidney Stones that are too large to pass get stuck in various portions of your ureter. You feel pain when the muscular wall of your ureter tries to squeeze the stone along into your bladder. The blockage of the flow of urine from your kidney into your bladder creates a “back-pressure” within your kidney, causing pain.
It’s common to feel the need to urinate more often, or to feel a burning sensation when you urinate. It can be difficult to start urinating. Or, you may feel that you are not emptying your bladder completely.
Treat Your Kidney Stones at Lowcountry Urology Clinics Today!
Do the answers to these questions sound like what you are experiencing? Then the time for treatment is NOW. Please contact Lowcountry Urology Clinics of Charleston SC, and start feeling better!